HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Friday, June 27, 2008) – In just two days, the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure Pro Junior pres. by Jack’s will showcase the top junior talents in North America as they vie for valuable ASP North America Pro Junior ratings points as well as a healthy prize purse at Huntington Beach, CA.
The 80-man field will see the top-rated surfers in North America as well as an international spattering of up-and-coming talents including current No. 1 on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Heads, AUS), Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS), Kiron Jabour (North Shore, HAW), among others.
Adam Wickwire (Satellite Beach, FL), reigning ASP North America Pro Junior Champion and defending Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure Pro Junior Champion, is eager to return to ASP Pro Junior competition following an absence at the last event and will take on the international and domestic fields with equal aplomb.
“I don’t think having the international guys here will affect the draw too much,” Wickwire said. “They’re some of the best junior surfers in Australia, and in my opinion, in the world. Stuart (Kennedy) has been surfing really well lately and Julian (Wilson) always surfs well. It’s going to be interesting. It’s Huntington Beach so anything can happen and there are no guarantees. I’m just going to mind my own business and take each heat as it comes.”
Alongside the international contingent in line for this event, Wickwire will also draw domestic standouts such as current ASP North America Pro Junior points leader Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), 2006 ASP North America Pro Junior Champion Eric Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), Travis Beckmann (Vero Beach, FL), Bruno Rodrigues (Huntington Beach, CA), Jason Harris (Huntington Beach, CA), among other.
Arrambide, who is fresh off a win at the ASP Grade-2 Arnette Pro Junior held earlier this month in Newport Beach, will be looking to open up the gap on his ASP North America Pro Junior points lead by clamping down on a victory at this year’s Nike Pier Pressure.
“It’s very crucial for me being a Grade-4,” Arrambide said. “I need to get a good result to keep my rating at the top in order to make the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.”
Wavewatch.com, official forecaster for the ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure Pro Junior, has predicted a combination southwest ground, and northwest wind swell offering contestable and consistent chest-to-shoulder high surf throughout the event’s entirety.
The ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure Pro Junior will be webcast LIVE via www.nike6pierpressure.com
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org